Trust me the WordPress Trends for 2017 are alive and already kicking. If you think that the framework delivers bland pages, you are in for a big surprise. Some characteristics are already evident that would continue in the upcoming year. What we are doing here is providing you with a prediction of what the top 10 WordPress trends for 2017 will be.
» 1. Genuine design
Competition among the websites is increasing and so is the clamor among them to look unique. It is a natural process so get ready for more customized elements on the web pages. JS, HTML5, and many more platforms will be used to create attractive animations. In short, tools are already available but their usage might depend on proper planning and effort.
» 2. Single page appearance
We have seen that businesses and WordPress developers are increasingly preferring single page website and the trend would continue into the next year. One page designs are not only simple but convince users to buy the product. The story telling through each page is interesting enough to attract the attention of the visitors.
» 3. Parallax will remain popular
A simple trick to move background at a slower rate than the foreground creates an illusion of 3D. The phenomenon is called Parallax and creates depth on the page. Data analysis has shown that it increased the website traffic and we see no reason why it will not be able to do the same in 2017. So, brace up for this trend to continue.
» 4. Themes will be the heart and soul of WordPress Website Design
Gone are the days when you had to search the whole internet for that elusive theme. It delayed the project and subsequently, websites took the time to hit the internet. The scenario has changed with the arrival of the WordPress theme applications. You can select the required option and customize it according to the requirements. The trend is quite popular and will continue to hold good in 2017.
» 5. Drag and drop content will be popular
Say bye-bye to the sidebar layouts as the drag and drop in widgets are making their presence felt across the internet. They provide a wide range of flexibility to the developers in presenting the content. You can have full control over the display just by using content creating a plugin. Finally, we are not tied to the regular format of the WordPress website. Developers can exercise more liberty with layouts. Expect the trend to become more popular in 2017. You can include the widget in the page and position the content accordingly for optimization.
» 6. Move to SAAS platform
Although a plethora of plugins and themes are available to the users, the codes are available under the general public license rule. Anybody can change the codes and use the widgets on their own page. It is a violation of the copyright and discourages developers from innovation. A possible solution is to convert the widget into a SAAS item. More and more developers are changing the licensing policy and ensuring that the codes are protected. Expect the trend to rise in 2017 as websites are trying to preserve the uniqueness of the design. If the IPRs are protected, better WordPress plugins can be created to make the layout visually appealing.
» 7. Typography may trend in 2017
Due to increased competition, website publishers are demanding more effective textual presentation from the WordPress. H2 and H3 headers popular so far are not going to bring traffic because people are interested in the unique appearance of the content. Nowadays, it is far easier for the developers to use third applications such as Google and Adobe, create attractive fonts and import them into the WordPress environment. Customized fonts appear far better than the conventional ones and they will remain in fashion even in 2017.
» 8. Mobile compatible
Another trend that will dominate the upcoming year is the presence of the mobile compatible website. The majority of people nowadays are using Smartphones and tablets to log on to the internet. Every website is now expected to meet the requirements of the mobile users. Probably it is the best way to generate revenues. If the web pages cannot be displayed properly on Android or iOS, forget about the goodwill and the customers. According to the recent survey, more than 80% of the people use smart gadgets for the internet. So, in all probability, the WordPress web pages will be mobile optimized on the coming New Year.
» 9. Images, images, and images
The old world adage that pictures are far powerful than words holds true even in the modern world. Majority of online users suffer from extremely short attention span and require something interesting in the form of images or videos. A bland and run of the mill looking WordPress website probably would not be of much interest to the online visitors unless it is supplemented by graphic illustrations. People will be attracted by the minimalist website with mobile friendly pictures. You can take inspiration from so many images across the internet. Tweaking and customizing will help to drive the web traffic and generate business leads. In the year 2017, get ready for more WordPress websites that may show little text content but will have plenty of visually appealing illustrations.
» 10. WordPress and ecommerce
WordPress websites are increasingly being used for ecommerce purposes and would be continued to do so in the near future. It is one of the most exciting trends hitting the online world. WooCommerce application has made the task supremely easy for the developers. Conventional coding is giving way to the content management system that is not only user-friendly but also optimized to create business for the owners.
Something to think about
I have tried compiling the 10 trends that will be popular in 2017 but the list is by no means cast in stone. There are many more WordPress development trends catching the fancy of the people. They are equally important but the objective is same and that is to make the website business friendly.
So do you want to guess one? Go ahead try it. I am game!